This year we decided to decorate our tree for the Advent Season! Our tree is decked out all in purple: purple balls, purple bows, and purple tinsel! I also made large purple letters to hang on the tree. The letters spell "PREPARE". (I know they kinda look white in the picture, but they are purple.)
(Click here if you like to print out the letters.)
So yes, Advent is really about prayer and sacrifice, not celebration!
We as Catholics are meant to start celebrating the coming of Christ on Christmas, not before. I know that's hard, we struggle, too! But it's a challenge I feel is important to help us build a stronger relationship with God.
Since the Christmas season doesn't actually start till Christmas, I thought this Advent Tree idea was a perfect idea for our family. I first learned about this Advent tree idea at Tracy's blog "A Slice of Smith Life", hop over and visit Tracy. She has a great blog!
The kids love our Advent tree! I even bought pink ornaments to add to the tree for the third week of Advent.
We plan to redecorate our tree Christmas Eve, and cover it with our typical silver and gold star-shaped ornaments!
But for now we wait and prepare for the coming of Christ!
Hope you are all having a blessed Advent!
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